Board readies for coming school year


The Yantis School Board approved a number of measures to support the upcoming 2018-2019 school year at the July 9 regular scheduled board meeting.

Most importantly, Superintendent Tracey Hilfferich reported the school has filled all teacher positions for the upcoming year. Hilfferich also noted the school has received six applications for the newly created School Resource Officer position.

The board unanimously approved the school Code of Conduct, enacted the local measures necessary to function as a District of Innovation and approved the service agreement with Region 7 Education Service Center. The state Education Service Center provides a variety of services including teacher training, testing support, nurse administration and supply support for school districts. The approved service agreement cost the district $50,705 for the upcoming school year.

The Crisis Management Plan which includes a security plan will yet be forthcoming. According to Hilfferich, administrators would like the School Resource Officer to go over the plan before it’s submitted approval. She anticipates a number of meetings in support of the plan before presentation to the board.

Yantis schools received a competitive grant from the Federal Communications Commission designated for new internet wiring at the high school. The work is underway and will be complete before classes begin.

Lastly, a dozen Agricultural-Mechanical students attended the state Ag-Mech convention in Fort Worth, July 9-13.

All board members were in attendance. Newly-elected board member Tyra Kenemore requested bullying be added to the agenda for the next board meeting. School transfer policy and final determination of the district’s tax status will also be on the agenda.